The Foundation have written to local councillors (Robin Brown and Julia Neden-Watts), calling for them to intervene to prevent the secret deal to sell Udney Park being completed behind closed doors at the LBRUT offices at York House.
I am afraid there has yet to be a response to the letter sent on 26th June to LBRUT asking for action to return the Udney Park playing fields to community use, beyond a brief holding letter. I have updated the Foundation’s letter to include as signatories various individuals and local clubs who missed the deadline before the original letter was sent. All these additional endorsements are very much appreciated.
Under a Freedom of Information request I had been advised that not a single bidder had emerged that had gone as far as Pre-App. I am now told that this is not the case and apparently there is a bidder who has now taken this to the Pre-App stage. If this bid progresses then maybe there will be a new owner of the playing fields!
It would seem more likely that this bid will melt away faced with the huge planning restrictions, as indeed have all the other mooted offers over the last year or so. These restrictions are about to be added to as a ‘study of local views deserving of protection’ to be included in the new Local Plan, is to include Udney Park Playing Fields.
If this latest bid evaporates then the Foundation will hope to start talks in earnest with the landowners in mid-August, when the next ACV period begins.
Paul Chadwick of LBRUT has responded to the recent letter from the Foundation and the contents of his communication appear disappointing. Please follow this link to view the contents of Pauls letter. Letter from Paul Chadwick
This letter confirms that a deal is being discussed behind closed doors at the council offices without any community engagement, or indeed engagement with local elected representatives. The Foundation has responded correcting Mr Chadwick on a number of points and requesting an immediate meeting, rather than wait another six months as he proposes to do. This link allows you to read this response. Letter From Jonathan Dunn